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Charles Oswald Stuart GLENNIE

Regimental number3051
Place of birthGlen Innes, New South Wales
SchoolBarker College, Hornsby, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressNurrabar, Warringi Street, Turramurra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 0.5"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Glennie, Nurrabar, Warringi Street, Turramurra, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed 1.6 years in the Senior Cadets, Barker College, Sydney, New South Wales; Nil
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 30 September 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
18
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Eva GLENNIE, Waratah Road, Mangrove Mount, Gosford, New South Wales. Nataive of Glen Innes, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 21 January 1916. Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; to 5th Divisional Artillery, 16 March 1916, and posted to 56th Battery; to 55th Battery.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 June 1916.

On leave, 17 July 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 31 July 1917.

Killed in action, 30 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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